Harperbury Hospital, Revisit - July 2016

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Having failed at a previous location I found myself Back at Harperbury, had a pleasant few hours wondering around finding a few bits that i did not see on my last visit. I was in one building taking a few shots when i herd voices, I quietly packed my things up and hid behind a door, someone came in door opened but did not notice me, then a 2nd guy came in and looked behind the door and found me behind it. At this point we were practically face to face. I politely said hello, I just wish i could have taken a photo of the expression on his face. After a few minutes when he calmed down it turned out the guys were there doing the same as I was.

History

At the end of the Great War in 1919 when the armistice had been signed, the Royal Flying Corp's London Colney aerodrome was abandoned. In 1924 Middlesex County Council purchased the Porters Park estate, comprising a total area of 420 acres, upon which the aerodrome had been built. The area would eventually become the site of both Harperbury and Shenley hospitals. On October 25th, 1928, a new mental hospital was opened on the site utilising the old aircraft hangers as ward accommodation and it would become known as The Hangers Certified Institution . The first patients were eight males and they were immediately set to work clearing out the hangers and converting them. The name Harperbury Hospital was adopted in 1950.

In 1964 the hospital was suffering severe overcrowding, yet the hospital continued to expand up until 1973 when the scaling down process began. and by 1974 a discharge programme had begun moving patients out of Harperbury and back into the outside world. The discharge program continued and by late 2001 there were only about 200 chronically sick patients in residence.

On with the photos.

28254463291_b5ee363b62_b.jpg1 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28229083732_48f2106fff_b.jpg2 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28254442031_7f4f13c16c_b.jpg3 by JSP 77, on Flickr

27716568394_a216eef226_b.jpg4 by JSP 77, on Flickr

27716954913_e4fc197b46_b.jpg5 by JSP 77, on Flickr

27716943293_b3b6fe99bc_b.jpg6 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28298725736_ef2fcb9c0d_b.jpg7 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28050761440_aa2b51a137_b.jpg8 by JSP 77, on Flickr

27716675824_319609cb2a_b.jpg9 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28254584301_83cd8af13f_b.jpg10 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28050891620_5b9e1c6ae5_b.jpg11 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28050871910_e1ee2c4a07_b.jpg12 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28298879046_1980d4d892_b.jpg13 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28298865586_fe51b504d9_b.jpg14 by JSP 77, on Flickr

27716996343_90a87fc23a_b.jpg15 by JSP 77, on Flickr

28332742105_9280393066_b.jpg16 by JSP 77, on Flickr

Thanks for looking
 
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Mikeymutt

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Nice return visit jsp.some bits I ain't seen here.bet there is loads to discover here.glad you got in the main hall.I tried every bit but was sealed solid
 

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Nicely done as always. That is really well captured. Looks like a great explore.
 

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Cracking shots! I've often wondered if fellow Urbex'ers bump into each other, now I know!
 

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